How to remove IconRunner pop-up ads

Have you seen advertising? Of course you did, because Internet is all about advertising recent years, but what were these ads? Did they pop up few times in a minute, covering the whole screen or the important elements of the website which you're now viewing? Do they lead you to bizarre and suspicious websites that suggest you plenty of substandard goods, MLM sites, porn sites, online-casinos or any other suchlike pages? If it is so, it's very possible that your PC is infected by advertising software. In this item we will explain you what is adware and what’s the distinction between good advertising and spam that is generated by IconRunner. In this item we'll tell you everything about IconRunner and how to guard yourself from it. Except that, we will tell you what the aim of such programs as IconRunner is and how do diminish its efficiency.


Now we came to one of the most incomprehensible questions for any victim: are advertising tools really payable for fraudsters and how they work? The aim of adware's work is money, and fraudsters get a lot from each infested machine. Any ad's effectiveness is being calculated in accordance to the quantity of clicks that it received, so the scheme is simple: many machines - tons of clicks - a lot of money. Due to the fact that annoying banners ordinarily emerge on the most inconvenient spots and it can’t be closed so there are lots of accidental clicks, which allows fraudsters to receive profit and develop more scam programs.


The first thing that IconRunner performs is the change of some browser and system settings. Such changes are being applied to security settings such as warnings about harmful content of the website. Also, IconRunner usually alters the pre-set search provider and new tab addresses to suspicious website. After that, advertising program appends few strings to registry which are responsible for reinstallation of advertising software if it will be uninstalled. Due to these measures, IconRunner defends itself from deletion, and continues to display banners even if victim changes the browser settings. After fulfilling this, the program keeps on showing ads. We've told it before but now it can be seen clearly that this browser hijacker, from the outset was a useless tool. All advertising tools are aimed at completing a single task: overwhelm the system with ads and, as a result, earning the maximum amount of money.

IconRunner removal tool

It is obvious now that IconRunner won't stop before you eliminate it from your PC. Eliminating adware is an important task which needs extra attention and definite level of experience. If you decided to remove undesired software manually, you will have to erase the adware from the control panel, eliminate browser shortcuts and after that make the new ones, check the registry, switch the browser settings and erase the scheduled objectives for reinstallation of IconRunner. For common user, some actions from this list might look very complex therefore we have created a special instruction. The instructions will help you to perform the removal, but they cannot guarrantee the success in case of an error, so you have to be careful. If you need the most effective and safe way of uninstalling - Spyhunter could be the thing that you're looking for. With this software you will not just eliminate IconRunner, but also secure the machine from other advertising software. We can talk a lot about this anti-malware, but its very major advantages are high speed, compatibility with other anti-viruses, noctidial technical support and moderate cost. If you want to download Spyhunter or to get the test version with malware scanner - just click the button below.


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IconRunner removal instructions

If you use MAC OS, follow our article: MAC adware removal.



Step 1. Uninstall IconRunner from Control Panel

Instruction for Windows XP and Windows 7

1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.

2. In the Currently installed programs box, click the IconRunner, and then click Change or Change/Remove.

3. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to make the changes that you want.

Press Start - Control Panel Choose Programs - Uninstall a program Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Instruction for Windows 8

1. Point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and tap Search.

2. Enter Control panel in the search box, and then click Control Panel.

3. Under View by: select Large Icons, and then click Programs and features.

4. Click the program, and then click Uninstall.

5. Follow the instructions on the screen.


Instruction for Windows 10

1. On the field Search Windows type 'Control Panel'

2. Click Uninstall a program

3. Select IconRunner and press Uninstall

Type 'Control Panel' in Search field Programs in Control Panel Choose needed program and click 'Uninstall'


Step 2. Remove IconRunner from the browser

Note: If you use antimalware scanner, it will take you through the following steps automatically.


Instruction for Google Chrome

1. Launch Google Chrome browser, click Menu (Customize and Control Google Chrome)

2. Select More tools > Extensions. Left-click on Extensions

3. On the IconRunner, click Remove from Chrome

4. A notice to remove the extension will appear. Click Remove

How to remove IconRunner from Google Chrome. Step 1 How to delete IconRunner from Google Chrome. Step 2 How to uninstall IconRunner from Google Chrome. Step 3


Instruction for Internet Explorer

1. Launch Internet Explorer

2. Click Tools

3. Select Manage add-ons

4. Select IconRunner and press Disable

How to uninstall IconRunner from Internet Explorer. Step 1 How to remove IconRunner from Internet Explorer. Step 2 How to delete IconRunner from Internet Explorer. Step 3


Instruction for Mozilla Firefox

1. Launch Mozilla Firefox

2. Open Menu

3. Click Add-ons

4. Select Extensions

5. On the IconRunner, press Remove

How to uninstall IconRunner from Mozilla Firefox. Step 1 How to delete IconRunner from Mozilla Firefox. Step 1 How to remove IconRunner from Mozilla Firefox. Step 3


Instruction for Safari

1. Open Safari browser

2. Click Menu (Display a menu of General Safari Settings)

3. Select Reset Safari...

4. Press Reset

How to delete IconRunner from Safari. Step 1 How to uninstall IconRunner from Safari. Step 2 How to remove IconRunner from Safari. Step 3


Instruction for Opera

1. Start Opera browser

2. Click Menu (Customize and Control Opera)

3. Select Extensions

4. Choose IconRunner and press button Remove from Opera

How to remove IconRunner from Opera. Step 1 How to delete IconRunner from Opera. Step 2 How to uninstall IconRunner from Opera. Step 3


Video instruction how to remove ads from the browser




Step 3. Delete elements that would stay after IconRunner deletion

1. Remove files and folders, if they stayed:

  • Type IconRunner in the search box
  • Scroll to the bottom of the list of search results. Under Search again in, Click Computer
  • Wait for the search results
  • Delete items found

2. Delete registry keys

  • Click the Start button
  • Type Regedit.exe and press Enter
  • Press Ctrl+F and type 'IconRunner'
  • Click 'Find Next'
  • Delete the entries that were found

Step 4 (Optional). Scan the computer with antimalware scanner

  • Download antivirus tool, e.g. Adwcleaner
  • Press Scan button


AdwCleaner start window


  • Press Clean button


AdwCleaner scan the system



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